covid-19

COMMENTARY

At the end of Year One, can Joe Biden build back his presidency? | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - January 20, 2022

Yes, things look bleak. But there are two, concrete steps Biden can take to salvage his presidency.

COMMENTARY

How the omicron variant is making medical lab staffing shortages worse | Opinion

BY: - January 20, 2022

Laboratory testing is the single highest-volume medical activity affecting Americans, and it drives about two-thirds of all medical decisions made by doctors and other health care professionals.

From Oregon to Pennsylvania, legislatures across country split on pandemic protocols | Analysis

BY: - January 19, 2022

In many states, as voting sessions resume for 2022, you’d hardly know that the U.S. is entering the third year of a pandemic

Kids who lost parents to COVID deserve help, advocates say

BY: - January 18, 2022

Last year, 14 states passed 36 bills to beef up children’s mental health services and expand mental health training opportunities for school resource officers and teachers.

Attendance low for Pa. Farm Show’s in-person return, Ag Dept. says | Five for the Weekend

BY: - January 15, 2022

Attendance this year was low compared to pre-pandemic years, with vendors, competitors and guests alike, choosing to forgo the crowds, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Pitt disenrolls unvaccinated students as W.Pa. universities grapple with COVID requirements

BY: - January 14, 2022

Disenrolled students may apply for a tuition refund, and, if they choose to get vaccinated, will be allowed to re-enroll, according to a published report.

COMMENTARY

Show medical workers you care: Wear a mask, get vaccinated, be unselfish | Roger Chesley

BY: - January 14, 2022

Exhausted by the pandemic, the health-care sector has lost nearly half a million workers since February 2020.

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

BY: - January 13, 2022

The rulings came less than a week after the justices heard arguments on the mandates – an unusually fast turnaround for the court.

Biden sends medical teams to 6 states, promises more free COVID tests and masks

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the federal government will deploy military medical units to six states to assist hospitals overwhelmed with the recent spike of the omicron coronavirus variant. Starting next week, more than 120 medical personnel — the beginning of a deployment of 1,000 service members — will go to hospitals […]

COMMENTARY

Allegheny Co.’s decision to suspend trials didn’t surprise local lawyers | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 13, 2022

Lawyers say they're concerned about scheduling and the prioritization of cases, according to a published report.

Six months into the school year, here’s how the Pgh. schools are managing the pandemic | Analysis

BY: - January 13, 2022

Students’ social and emotional needs, chronic absenteeism, discipline issues, staffing shortages and high COVID infection rates make progress difficult.

COMMENTARY

After dropping early in the pandemic, jail populations are rising again | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 12, 2022

COVID-19 cases, not actual policy changes, drove the temporary reduction, according to new research.